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Good to see where Gibson began - not his best by far.
am 14. Mai 2000
I think of this book as Gibson's original pencil sketches of the world in which his novels take place; this is to those, particularly the Sprawl trilogy, what watercolors are to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
First, it does give you some basic ideas of the historical significance of names dropped without overt purpose in later books. Case in point: in _Neuromancer_, Case asks whether Bobby Quine will participate in the games conceived by Armitage and his handlers, and Molly replies in a stern, negative tone about him. Until you read this, Quine remains a cipher in the building mythos, a legendary afterthought that compels admiration from the characters but not long enough for an explanation of who he is.
Second, it shows that William Gibson did work to refine his craft before he began writing novels. While he has made further refinements in his writing since, the leap between _Burning Chrome_ and _Neuromancer_ is apparent.
"The sky was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel." Very few science-fiction novels have one sentence to compare with that one, and you won't find one in _Burning Chrome_. However, you will see the pre-novel works that made such beautiful writing possible.